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October 2013

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS · ST. BERNARD BRANCH PROJECT

  • The ribbon-cutting at the grand opening of the new St. Bernard Branch. Pictured are, from left, University of Cincinnati Professor Frank Davis, Library Trustee Robert G. Hendon, Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, Library Trustee William J. Moran, Trustee Secretary Allen G. Zaring IV, Library Trustee Ross Wright, Board of Trustees President Paul G. Sittenfeld, Trustee Vice President Elizabeth H. LaMacchia, St. Bernard Mayor William C. Burkhardt, former St. Bernard Mayor Barb Siegal, Kimber Fender, left, The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library and St. Bernard Branch Manager Katheryn Toren-Jones.
  • Kimber Fender, left, The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library, Board of Trustees President Paul G. Sittenfeld, and St. Bernard Mayor William C. Burkhardt listen as Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune reads his proclamation.
  • The St. Bernard community enters the new branch for the first time.
  • Members of the community enjoy the kids area.
  • Customers test out the computers in the new tech center.
  • Customers make some buttons in the new Maker Space at the branch.
  • Customers use the self-checkout stations at the new branch.
  • Customers look at the St. Bernard History photo display during the grand opening.
  • Unique book and library-inspired lighting fixtures are one of the design highlights of the new building.
  • The reading areas offer plenty of natural light and comfortable seating areas.
  • One of the branch study rooms features a collaborative audio/visual table.
  • The sidewalk is being excavated for the storm tie in.
  • A worker is painting the walls.
  • The interior set of sliding doors have been installed.
  • The expansion joint material is being installed in preparation of the concrete being poured.
  • The parking lot is being installed.
  • The new concrete slab at the front entry has been poured.
  • The parking lot curbs are being poured.
  • A view looking into the staff work room (right) and the MakerSpace area (left).
  • A HVAC crew member is testing refrigerant lines.
  • The new concrete sidewalk has been poured along McClelland.
  • The drywall installers are finishing up the corners at the windows.
  • The HVAC diffusers are being connected.
  • The future parking lot.
  • The permanent power is being pulled to the new building.
  • The new sidewalk has been poured at the rear of the building.
  • Painters are cutting in around the high bay windows.
  • The soffit is being measured to cut the drywall.
  • The wall tile has been installed in the stacks area.
  • A view of the octagon ceiling.
  • Electrical conduits are being bored under Girl Scout Lane.
  • The soffits are being finished.
  • The window frames are being caulked.
  • The rear sidewalk is being formed.
  • A drywall finisher is mudding around the window areas.
  • A look into the future teen area.
  • Crew members are installing the last of the drywall in the octagon ceiling.
  • A view of the octagon ceiling.
  • A drywall finisher is mudding the soffits.
  • The plumbers are preparing to install the restroom fixtures.
  • Masons are cleaning the exterior brick.
  • A view of the building from Vine Street.
  • Data cables are being pulled in the ceilings.
  • The restroom floors are being grouted.
  • Framing continues in the octagon.
  • The canopy roof is being installed.
  • The duct work and refrigerant lines are in place.
  • The tile has been installed in the restrooms.
  • A view from inside the Teen area looking out to the Adult area.
  • A view of the octagon framing.
  • Drywall has been installed around the window frames at the front of the building.
  • Drywall is being installed in the new technology room.
  • Drywall is being notched for a tight fitted install.
  • The mechanical contractor is welding the pipes in the mechanical room.
  • A view of the exterior from McClelland.
  • Drywall is being delivered to the site for installation.
  • Insulation is being installed on the upper portions of the walls.
  • Blocking is being installed for the storefront system to attach to.
  • Drywall is being brought into the building.
  • The canopy over the front entry.
  • The ductwork is being connected to the new HVAC system.
  • The ductwork being insulated.
  • The mechanical contractor is cutting pipe for the geothermal connection.
  • A mason washes the brick.
  • Electricians install the electrical conduits in the ceilings.
  • A crew member installs drywall.
  • A crew member installs drywall in the future rear staff area.
  • Masons pack up their scaffolding as they have completed the exterior brick.
  • The masons are continuing to install the brick on the octagon.
  • The stone mason is installing the stone below the window.
  • The masons are installing brick along Girl Scout Way.
  • The framer is finishing the window opening to allow for the frame to be set in place.
  • The window frames are being installed in the octagon.
  • A view of the new branch from the corner of Vine and McClelland.
  • The brick installation is continuing along the north wall.
  • The masons continue laying brick.
  • The exterior has been tented to allow for the brick laying to continue in the cold weather.
  • The masons are nearly finished laying brick on the south elevation of the building.
  • The wall framing is complete and the framers are now installing the soffits.
  • The insulation board is being installed on the exterior walls.
  • This octagon that will be the adult reading area.
  • Wall flashing is being applied above the stone.
  • This crew member is soldering the water pipes.
  • This mason is cutting the stone facade used on the base of the building.
  • This picture shows the window frames installed.
  • The masons have installed the scaffold and have started laying the stone façade.
  • Masons are working out the start of the brick pattern at the new entry.
  • A mason levels the stone façade.
  • Framers finish up the exterior walls and the excavator installs the sewer line.
  • A crew member seals the exterior walls.
  • Crew members install blocking on the parapet walls.
  • The octagon is being framed.
  • The air barrier system is being trowelled on.
  • Interior plumbing line installation has started.
  • The ductwork installation is nearly complete.
  • A crew member is installing exterior sheathing.
  • A crew member is cutting the exterior sheathing.
  • The exterior is receiving a coat of air barrier.
  • The mechanical contractor has started to install the ductwork.
  • Overhead ducts are being installed.
  • The exterior sheathing is installed on the remainder of the south side of the building.
  • Concrete pads are installed in the mechanical room for the HVAC equipment to be placed on.
  • Crew members install the yellow air barrier onto the exterior prior to the brick and stone.
  • Framers are cutting the metal studs for the exterior walls.
  • Once the exterior walls are up, framers have started to install the exterior gypsum board.
  • Framers are installing the exterior walls.
  • The steel structure is in place.
  • Anchor bolts are in place and being prepared to be encased in concrete.
  • The future front entry.
  • The new steel structure is almost complete.
  • Steel crews are installing the roof deck.
  • View of the interior looking southwest.
  • The octagon will serve as the adult reading area.
  • The steel structure is in place.
  • The crane is being set up to being installing the steel columns.
  • Crew members on the slab setting up to start the steel column install.
  • A crew member installs the waterproofing membrane on the foundation wall.
  • The slab is complete and ready for the structural steel delivery.
  • The well fields are complete in the future parking lot.
  • The under slab electric and plumbing are in place. The gravel is being installed and the slab is being prepped for a pour.
  • Crew members prep the west side of the slab for the concrete pour by installing the slab mesh.
  • A crew member installs the concrete blocks that hold the mesh.
  • Crews continue to work on the foundation walls and the underground plumbing rough.
  • Crews are installing the foundation wall forms.
  • Forms have been removed from the foundation walls.
  • Crew members prepare the south foundation wall.
  • The excavation of trenches to loop the geothermal wells is getting started at the site of the parking lot for the new branch.
  • The footers have been poured for the new building.
  • The foundation wall forms are being built for the new St. Bernard Branch.
  • The footers have been excavated.
  • Rebar has been placed in the footers.
  • The excavation of the underground storm utilities for the new St. Bernard Branch is nearly complete.
  • A crew member patches the Girl Scout Lane to tie in the site’s stormwater utilities.
  • The geothermal well drilling is now complete at the St. Bernard site. Crews will now start trenching the wells to loop them together.
  • Utility excavation has begun
  • Laying out the underground utilities
  • Drilling the geothermal well
  • Prepping the site to drill geothermal wells
  • Getting ready to break ground.
  • A temporary electric pole has been installed and the area has been fenced off. Nearly ready to go!
  • A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the renovation project was held at the branch on Monday, April 21.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony included remarks from Board of Trustees President Ross Wright.
  • St. Bernard Mayor Bill Burkhardt
  • Former St. Bernard Mayor Barb Siegel.
  • Frank Davis, Associate Professor of English, University of Cincinnati.
  • Many community residents attended the groundbreaking.
  • On January 23, the new branch design plans were previewed at a community meeting in the St. Bernard Municipal Center building. Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director Kim Fender discusses the design plans at the meeting.
  • Joan Tepe Wurtenberger, Senior Principal (Champlin Architecture), talks to members of the St. Bernard community about the design plans.
  • St. Bernard community members who attended the design preview meeting
  • Detail from the design plans. Select the image to see the full design.
  • Detail from the preliminary design plans. Select the image to see the full design.
  • Detail from the preliminary design plans. Select the image to see the full design.
  • Detail from the design plans. Select the image to see the full design.
  • Detail from the design plans. Select the image to see the full design.
  • <The new St. Bernard Branch will be at the corner of Vine Street and McClelland Avenue.
  • The current St. Bernard Branch is 2,000-square-feet contributed facility inside the St. Bernard municipal building. The new stand-alone branch will be 8,000 square-feet.
  • The new branch will have enough space to accomodate a larger collection of material, more computers, dedicated children's and teen areas, and a meeting room/program area.
  • From 1916 to 1918, the branch was located in the Town Hall
  • Interior of St. Bernard, when the branch occupied a couple of rooms in the high school

Construction Timeline

2013
2014
2015
DESIGN
BID
CONSTRUCTION
Grand Opening
June 22, 5:30 p.m.
Groundbreaking
April 21, 2014